Writing in Kind | Free Word

1 December 2020

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A conversation between Jane Commane and Shahroo Izadi on the role of kindness as a writer.

How do the conversations we hold with ourselves affect our writing? Is self-belief essentially competitive or can we find our own motivation by celebrating the successes of others? How can compassion and kindness enrich our creativity?

Join behaviour change specialist Shahroo Izadi (The Kindness Method, The Last Diet) and poet and writing mentor Jane Commane (Assembly Lines, How to Be a Poet) for a discussion exploring how kindness to self and others can benefit our writing practice. We’ll look at forming and breaking habits, our relationship to our creative selves, and how to be a constructive and supportive member of a writing community.


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1 December 2020



Shahroo Izadi

Author and Behavioural Change Specialist

Shahroo is a Behavioural Change Specialist and author of The Kindness Method, a self-help book designed to help us to change unwanted habits by showing ourselves more compassion. Through talks, workshops and one to one coaching, she hands over tools to help people better understand why they’re finding it difficult to break behavioural patterns. She’s dedicated to helping us all build the self-belief, self-esteem and self-awareness we need to make meaningful changes that last in any area of our lives autonomously.

Jane Commane

Poet and Editor

Jane Commane was born in Coventry and lives and works in Warwickshire. Her first full-length collection, Assembly Lines, was published by Bloodaxe in 2018, and was longlisted for the 2019 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize for a distinctive first book of poetry. Her poetry has featured in anthologies including The Best British Poetry 2011 and Staying Human (Ed. Neil Astley, 2020) as well as in The Guardian, The North and The Morning Star. She has been a poet in residence at the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth, and in November 2019 her poem commissioned for the Where Light Falls project (by the Poetry Society and Historic England) was projected onto Coventry Cathedral and drew audiences of 15,000 over three nights. Jane is editor at Nine Arches Press, co-editor of Under the Radar magazine, and is co-author (with Jo Bell) of How to Be a Poet, a creative writing handbook and blog series. Jane is a Writing West Midlands’ Room 204 writer, and in 2017 she was awarded a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship.